RARE SIGNED FIRST EDITION OF BILL
BURKE'S BEST BOOK
I Want to Take Picture
"The triumph of this book is that it does manage to reflect the mad
experience of traveling in Southeast Asia, while still reflecting on
what it all means" (Roth 101).
EDITION of one of the seminal photobooks of the
1980's. SIGNED BY BURKE INSIDE ORIGINAL DRAWING OF HIS HAND. One of only 1000 copies printed of the first edition.
Burke has become known for his large-format portraits shot on Polaroid
Land film, which have the formality and feel of nineteenth-century
photographs whilst remaining acutely modern in their sensibilities. In
his best book, I Want to Take Picture, this technique is
entirely appropriate, since it records his personal pilgrimage to
southeast Asia, duplicating the enterprise of the old colonialist
photographers but adding a contemporary twist...
"Although the pictures have a nineteenth-century feel,
the book is also a diary that records a twentieth-century experience.
Burke not only uses his photographs, but also employs documents-
reproductions of ephemera like money and bus tickets- and collages them
with handwritten captions. The result is a kaleidoscopic impression of
his journeys, taking the book out of the documentary realm and into that
of the personal road trip. However, this particular sojourn does not
merely connate the search for self that occupies so much of late
twentieth-century American photography. It also represents a moving
attempt to come to terms with some of the events that haunted his
generation" (Parr/Badger, The Photobook). Roth 101.
Atlanta: Nexus Press, 1987. Folio, photo-pictorial
boards. A fine copy. Rare signed. $1900.